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Healthy Diet & Your Health


...You probably already know that in order to have a healthy family at home you need to have a healthy diet that includes several fruits and vegetables every day.

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...Having a variety of fruits and vegetables is fairly simple to do. Nature provides us with such a wide variety that you can even play with kids by picking them by color. This can also help us to get the valuable nutrients nature has to offer through fruits and vegetables, such as fiber, iron, calcium and Vitamin C, among many others.

It has been scientifically proven that people who eat generous amounts of the season's fruits and vegetables strengthen their immune system, have better digestion, and have a lower risk of the effects of lead, anemia and other serious diseases. These can include: obesity, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, stroke, hypertension and heart disease.

Nature gives us all we need to take care of our health!


“Fresh natural sources gives us all we need to

take care of our health with different colors

and tastes”

• Fiber

Fiber is a substance present in most plants. It can be found in fruits, vegetables and grains. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. It makes you feel full faster, helping to control your weight.A diet rich in fiber helps digestion, lowers cholesterol, and prevents heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Furthermore, it helps alleviate constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and intestinal problems.
Sources: Apples, oranges, broccoli, pears, brussel sprouts, figs, prunes, carrots, cauliflower, peas and beans.

• Folate

Folic acid works in conjunction with Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin C to help the body decompose, use and create new proteins. It is very important for women of childbearing age because it helps in the formation of red blood cells and in the production of DNA, the human body's fundamental building block that carries genetic information.Folate is necessary in the production of red blood cells, cellular multiplication and DNA formation. Healthy diets with the necessary amounts of folate help prevent the risk of premature babies or of the baby being born with a brain or spinal chord defect.
If you do not get enough folic acid through foods, you can get it from a dietary supplement. Multivitamins, enriched cereals and enriched grain products contain a synthetic form of folic acid that allows the body to absorb it more easily.
Sources: Oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, corn, spinacch, asparagus, beets, broccoli, peas, avocados, lettuce, brussel sprouts, peanuts, wheat germ, beans and grains (nuts, kidney beans, among others).

• Iron

Iron has an important role in overall health and the central nervous system because it helps the brain in the production of neurotransmitters and other functions related to learning, memory, motor skills and temperature control. Iron intervenes in delivering energy to cells and nourishes proteins in the blood. Also, it helps in the DNA synthesis, which is a factor in cellular division, strengthens the immune system by producing substances that help destroy bacteria and other microorganisms.
Sources: It can be abundantly found in green-leaf vegetables, such as spinach, kidney beans, raisins, almonds, pistachios, cereals, oatmeal, beans and tofu.

• Calcium

Calcium has many important functions. It helps in keeping bones, teeth and gums healthy and strong. The body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and relax, to secrete hormones and enzymes and to send messages throughout the nervous system. Women especially need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. It also lowers the effects of lead in the blood. People who do not consume enough foods rich in calcium should take supplements.

• Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the body's development and maintenance which is why it is necessary for good health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that should be consumed every day because the body does not store it and it is necessary for tissue development and repair. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation, an important protein for skin, tissue, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for wound healing and the maintenance and repair of cartilage, bones and teeth. Also, it helps lower stress, prevent or diminish flu symptoms and eliminate the effects of lead poisoning in the blood.Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy, which, although not common, is a disease with serious consequences.
Sources: Oranges, mandarines, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapples, apples, mangoes, watermelons, kiwi, broccoli, honeydew, cauliflower, lemon, potatoes, tomatoes, “tomatillo”green tomatos , cilantro, parsley and all type of chiles.

"Remember that the seasonal fruits and vegetables

are more tasty, juicy and affordable"




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